{Sand & Sunburst}

One thing I love about my hubby is that he is AS impatient (or more) as me. Saturday morning when I woke up, I came downstairs directly because I couldn’t stay in bed any longer. I needed to share with my hubby that we were about to embark on another adventure.

I want to change the decor in the living room!

I call it Pinterest syndrome. You spend way too much time on the most amazing site ever and you want to craft, cook, and design like never before. {Insert head nodding and heck yeahs! here.} My friend Eimy told me this once. I now ‘get it’.

Saturday was spent gathering ideas around the house and on Pinterest. By Sunday we were at IKEA buying picture rail

s to begin transforming our living room into a beachside resort. I was born on an Island. I love the ocean. I love the sun. I think there is no sound more amazing than waves crashing. I figured in the midst of life’s chaotic ins and outs, beach decor would put us at ease. So throughout the next couple weeks, I’ll highlight these changes.

First up, a Sand & Sunburst wood plaque to brighten up our picture rail.

Sand and Sunburst

Supplies You’ll Need:

– Some type of wood plaque (mine is thrifted. Cost only $2!)
– Beach sand
– Sandpaper
– 1/4 yard yellow burlap
– Yellow felt
– Green glass stone (‘borrowed’ it from the Princess’ arts & craps drawer…shhh!)
– Tacky glue
– Paint brushes
– Acrylic paint (sandstone, white)
– Hot glue gun
– Rotary cutter or scissors

Step 1:

Lightly sand your wood plaque. Apply a coat of white paint. Let dry. Apply a second coat of white paint. Let dry. Next, apply a light coat of the sandstone paint. It isn’t meant to cover the white. It’s just an accent.

Apply White Coat

Sandstone Coat of Paint

Step 2:

Apply tacky glue to whatever part of the wood plaque you’d like to cover. We wanted all of the vertical front slats, not the two horizontal slats. Apply glue, sprinkle sand. Repeat until complete. Do not glue all of the surface and then add sand because the glue will dry and the sand will not adhere adequately.

Tacky Glue

Sprinkle Sand

Step 3:

Cut out a yellow felt circle. I won’t give you an exact measurement. Cut out whatever works for your piece of wood.Cut about 5 strips of 3 x 12 yellow burlap. Cut the strips into 3×3 squares. Usually when you make tulle bows you’d cut out circles. Ain’t nobody got time for that. 🙂 Set aside.

Burlap Squares and Felt Circle

Step 4:

Fold a piece of burlap in half and in half again. Apply hot glue to the felt circle and the tip of the burlap square. Use a dowel to push the corner down. The glue is HOT. You have been warned. Continue to do this around around the circle and work your way into the center of the felt circle.

Burlap Square in Half

Burlap Flower Glued Down

Burlap Flower Second Row

Step 5:

Once your burlap sunburst is complete, use your glue gun to add a center stone of your choice. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the back of your sunburst. Add it to your wood plaque.

Burlap Flower

Step 6:

Find the perfect place in your home to showcase your little piece of Sand & Sunburst. Admire your work.

Sun and Sand

Sunburst Close-Up

The weather in Florida is warming up. Time for some flip flops!

Peace & Love,


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. 1

    I absolutely love this, and I think it would look so great in my apt.

    I would like to invite you to link up to my party, Manic Monday. It runs Sunday through Thursday.

    -Renea, cupcake-n-bake.blogspot.com

    • 2
      princesssplendor says:

      Thanks Renea! It was an on-the-fly project. Still trying to sell the hubby on the beach decor. 🙂

      I’ll stop by your party for sure.

  2. 3

    I love this. So cute and creative! I would love for you to come and link this up to our Monday link party!


    Hope to see you there,

  3. 5

    Yep, I agree about Pinterest. Amazing and I keep finding new and MORE things I want to make. You made something beautiful! Best wishes, Linda


  4. 7
    MariaElena says:

    Beautiful project and tutorial! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

  5. 9

    Fantastic idea! I love it! thank you for sharing on Manic Monday Linky party!

  6. 11

    Super cute idea!! And I absolutely adore that burlap flower. Wow! What great punch against the natural texture of the sand. Thanks for sharing!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

  7. 13

    Such a nice bright idea and love that your daughter helped! Mine helped me on my latest project – hope you can drop by!

    • 14
      princesssplendor says:

      If she can’t help, the project doesn’t get done. She loves to have her hands in everything. 🙂

  8. 15

    Well … I am the “hubby” in question and I absolutely love what she has done to our living room and we have only just started. I am up for almost anything as long as in the end it leaves our living room/kitchen/bar area clean and organized. To Princess Splendor … Proud of you baby for everything you do to make our house into a home!

    • 16
      princesssplendor says:

      Thanks honey! 🙂 I appreciate you being patient and putting up with the projects in progress. I have another one lined up! Ha!

  9. 17

    Great tutorial! I always too impatient when I’m making something to take the time to do one! Shame on me!

  10. 18

    So cute! I’m loving the bright yellow flower!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  11. 19

    This is very cute. I like it that you added some sand. It adds a little texture into it.
    Please share your project at Pin It Monday Hop#3 Where you pin and get pinned (LINK). We are also giving away an IPAD Mini to one lucky reader, just in case you might want to enter. We’d love to have you in the hop. I hope to see you there 😀


  12. 20

    I LOVE this! My house is very beach inspired too. I love how this reminds me of the wooden walkways that lead down to the beach. So cute! Thanks for linking up at Much Ado About Monday!

  13. 21

    I am loving your flower! Yellow if my favorite color and it just screams happiness- adorable 🙂

    Just wanted to stop in from Inspiration Gallery to say hello

    Mandy @ The Hankful House

  14. 22

    I’m just stopping back by to let you know you are being featured at Manic Monday. It goes live tonight at 8pm EST.

  15. 24

    Thanks so much for linking up to Made With Love! What a great project this is! I’m featuring you today!

  16. 26

    Oh so PRETTY!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing your next creation tomorrow evening!


  1. […] and pure laziness, the entrance looked neglected and sad. Really, it did! Like I mentioned in {Sand & Sunburst}, I randomly decide that I need to redo something.  Either I need to stop going to sleep or […]

  2. […]  Sand Sunburst: Princess Splendor […]

We Love to Hear From You